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April showers will soon be over for 2015 (in just a few hours) and May's flowers are already blooming. As are the playoff hopes of area teams in both 15s and 7s. Here's what's happening in our rugby community this week ...

RECENT SCORES

Remember to check out the latest scores reported for matches played in Wisconsin here on the WRFU website.

REFEREE ASSIGNMENTS

Please visit the WRFU Referee Assignments to see these online. Here are this week's remaining assignments for the weekend and Monday evening.

5/1/2015

  • Kimberly FDL NEWHSB Mitch Uitenbroek Ref Coach: Blakeman 5:30
  • Little Chute Appleton NEWHSB Steve Marvin 5:30
  • WI Rapids Valley Crusaders NEWHSB James Highfield 5:30
  • Whitefish Bay Marquette BHSB Justin Jaeger 5:30
  • Middleton Nicolet BHSB Jake Winkler 5:30
  • Grafton Muskego BHSB Jim Harrings 5:30
  • LaFollette Elkhorn BHSB Erik Goetz 5:30

5/2/2015

  • Iron women 15s UW Eau Claire women Craig Heiptes - Wilson, Bryan Stephy, Xanthi Gerasimo Eau Claire
  • FDL Fox Cities D3M Steve Marvin 1:00
  • Crusader Cup 7s Catholic Memorial HS Dan Channen, John Waliszewski, Tom Schmitt, 8:00
  • UW-Madison Prom Ball D1CW Ted Sibilsky, Emily Grambsch 1:00
  • WRFC Lincoln Park D2M Brad Casetta Ars: Steve Midthun, Terry Godfrey
  • College 7s D2/NSCRO Qualifier Marcus Dufrane, Erik Goetz, Brad Casetta, Jeff Kempen, Matt Bittner, Kevin Terpstra Cottege Grove

5/4/2015

  • GB Mavericks Marinette NEWHSB Mitch Uitenbroek 5:30
  • DePere GB Leprechauns NEWHSB Brad Casetta 5:30
  • Oregon/Stoughton Lake County BHSBD2 Erik Goetz 5:30
  • Madison Westside Waukesha BHSBD2 Greg Faber 5:30
  • Southern Lakes Sheboygan BHSBD2 Justin Jaeger 5:30
  • Milwaukee Patriots PeppNation BHSBD2 Ted Sibilsky 5:30
  • Kenosha St. Anthony's BHSBD2 Steve Midthun 5:30

PLAYOFF TEAMS

The following teams in Wisconsin are entering playoffs and/or competing to qualify for Nationals in 15s or 7s. We'll share scores as the teams continue to progress.

High School Girls
DSHA has qualified for 15s Nationals. Other WI teams to be determined.

Senior Women
Milwaukee Scylla, Midwest D2 15s Playoff Match vs. Chicago Sirens, Milwaukee, Wis., May 9
Wisconsin Women, Midwest D2 15s Playoff Match vs. County Will Morrigans, Manhattan, Ill., May 9.

High School Boys
Pulaski Roos, Midwest Single School Championship (May 2-3).

Collegiate Men
UW-Madison, USA 7s D1A Nationals
UW-Whitewater, USA 7s D2 Nationals, other WI schools pending on wildcards earned at Upper Midwest 7s (see below under Matches to Watch)

Senior Men
Wisconsin Rugby Club, Midwest D2 Playoff Match vs. Lincoln Park, Cottage Grove, Wis., May 2
Green Bay Rugby Club, Milwaukee Barbarians, Midwest D3 Championships, Green Bay, Wis., May 9

BIG TEN 7s HONORS

Congratulations to the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Matoko Nedehou on earning Big Ten Rugby First Team 7s Honors this spring. UW-Madison also earned Honorable Mention honors by Hunter Crass, who is an alumni of Nicolet High School.

Additional congrats to Taylor Young, currently playing for Iowa, who is a Whitefish Bay alumni. Young was named to the Big Ten 7s Second Team.

MATCHES TO WATCH

Now that matches are filling up the calendar, we'll be highlighting matches of note. If you know of an upcoming match of interest, please let us know!

MEN – The Wisconsin Rugby Sports Complex will be a busy place this Saturday as it hosts both the Collegiate Men's Upper Midwest 7s and a Senior D2 15s playoff match between Wisconsin Rugby Club and Lincoln Park. More info on the Upper Midwest 7s can be found here (Facebook Event). Sounds like a great day of both forms of rugby!

Last Week's Men's Match to Watch – Wisconsin Rugby Club defeated visiting South Side Irish, 34-13, in a Midwest D2 Playoff seeding match to retain top honors.

WOMEN – We're keeping an eye on the Crusader Cup 7s tournament hosted by Catholic Memorial High School Girls for Saturday. The tournament is being held in honor of former rugger and nationally-renowned journalist James Foley who was killed in 2014.

Last Week's Women's Match to Watch – The UW-Milwaukee Women defeated UW-Madison 17-5 and UW-La Crosse 26-0 to sweep their collegiate women's round-robin last weekend.

 

PHOTO CREDIT: J. Johnson, Wisconsin Women's Rugby. Taken April 29, 2015 at the Wisconsin Rugby Sports Complex.

UW La Crosse Men's Rugby Team Photo from Milwaukee 7s Tournament

The UW-La Crosse Men's Rugby team swept both the top and clydesdale divisions at last weekend's Milwaukee 7s tournament.

A cold and rainy Saturday is in store for this weekend, but we all know Wisconsin ruggers are tougher than most. Playoffs are starting for several leagues and some are also looking ahead to summer already. Here's what's happening in our rugby community this week ...

RECENT SCORES

Wondering who beat who? A reminder that you can see scores from matches played here in our state online at the WRFU website.

HELP SEND UW-WHITEWATER MEN TO 7s NATIONALS

Following on the heels of their national 15s run in the fall, the UW-Whitewater Men are raising funds to travel to the National 7s Championship this spring. Consider helping the Warhawks with a donation here.

PAID FOR YOUR REFEREE ESCROW YET?

Here is the latest update of team escrows for the Wisconsin Rugby Referee Society. *SEVERAL TEAMS ARE PAST DUE.* Escrow invoices were provided to every team at the December WRFU general meeting.

The WRRS has continued to provide referees for teams that are now past due in their escrows. Please ensure your team is paid in full soon to continue receiving referees for your matches.

Any questions? Please contact WRRS President Steve Midthun () or WRRS Treasurer Erik Goetz (). Be proactive and contact the WRRS today if you need to establish a payment plan, if club financials are a concern.

[Please Note: These are NOT your dues for the WRFU. Those are separate invoices. Questions related to WRFU dues? Please contact WRFU Treasurer Bryan Heim ().]

High School Girls Clubs (9 Teams)
Appleton – Escrow Owed
Bruisers – Escrow Owed
Catholic Memorial – Escrow Owed
DSHA – Escrow Owed
Kettle Moraine – Escrow Owed
Muskego – Escrow Owed
Oak Creek – Escrow Owed
Sirens – Escrow Owed
Vernon – Escrow Owed

High School Boys Clubs (29 Teams)
Elkhorn - Escrow Owed
Grafton - Escrow Owed
Kenosha - Escrow Owed
LaFollette - Escrow Owed
Lake Country - Escrow Owed
Madison West - Escrow Owed
Marquette - Escrow Owed
Middleton – Escrow Owed
Muskego – PAID
Nicolet - Escrow Owed
NEW Conference Total (14 Teams) - Escrow Owed
Oregon - Escrow Owed
Patriots - Escrow Owed
St. Anthony's - Escrow Owed
Waukesha - Escrow Owed
Whitefish Bay - Escrow Owed

College Women's Clubs (11)
Marquette - Escrow Owed
Northern Michigan - Escrow Owed
UW-Eau Claire - Escrow Owed
UW-La Crosse - Escrow Owed
UW-Madison – PAID
UW-Milwaukee – PAID
UW-Oshkosh - Escrow Owed
UW-Platteville - Escrow Owed
UW-Stevens Point - Escrow Owed
UW-Stout - Escrow Owed
UW-Whitewater - Escrow Owed

College Men's Clubs (13)
Marquette - Escrow Owed
Michigan Tech - Escrow Owed
MSOE - Escrow Owed
Northern Michigan - Escrow Owed
UW-Eau Claire - Escrow Owed
UW-La Crosse - Escrow Owed
UW-Madison – Escrow Owed
UW-Milwaukee – Escrow Owed
UW-Parkside – Escrow Owed
UW-Platteville - PAID
UW-Stevens Point - Escrow Owed
UW-Stout - Escrow Owed
UW-Whitewater - Escrow Owed

Senior Women's Clubs (2)
Scylla – PAID
Wisconsin – PAID

Senior Men's Clubs (11)
Milwaukee Barbarians – Escrow Owed
Black & Blue – Escrow Owed
Fond du Lac – PAID
Fox Cities – Escrow Owed
Green Bay – Escrow Owed
La Crosse Men – Escrow Owed
Madison Minotaurs – PAID
Milwaukee – Escrow Owed
Oconomowoc – PAID
Oshkosh – PAID
Wisconsin - PAID

REFEREE ASSIGNMENTS

Please visit the WRFU Referee Assignments to see these online. These are shared earlier in the week via email and social media updates.

4/24/2015

  • Appleton WI Rapids NEWHSB Mike Good 5:30
  • Marinette Pulaski Joeys NEWHSB Dave Hendrick 5:30
  • Wausau GB Mavericks NEWHSB James Highfield 5:30
  • GB Leprechauns Pulaski Roos NEWHSB Mitch Uitenbroek 5:30
  • PeppNation St. Anthony's BHSBD2 Ted Sibilsky 5:30
  • Madison Westside Milwaukee Patriots BHSBD2 Jake Winkler 5:30
  • Oregon/Stoughton Kenosha BHSBD2 Phil Winkler 5:30
  • Sheboygan Lake County BHSBD2 Brad Casetta 5:30
  • Waukesha Southern Lakes BHSBD2 Jim Harrings 5:30

4/25/2015

  • UW Milwaukee 15s UW Milwaukee women CW Dan Channen, Jeff Kempen, John Blakeman
  • Milwaukee B and B FDL D3M Jim Harrings 1:00
  • Oshkosh Fox Cities D4M Matt Bittner 1:00
  • WRFC South Side Irish D2M Trevor Williams ARs: Brad Casetta, Terry Godfrey 1:00
  • WRFC South Side Irish D3M Brad Casetta 2:30
  • WWRFC Minneapolis Menagerie D1W Terry Godfrey 11:00 Cottage Grove
  • Milwaukee Scylla Chicago D1W Steve Marvin 11:00 Gun Club
  • Kettle Moraine Appleton HSG Ted Sibilsky 10:00
  • College 7s Eau Claire CM Erik Goetz, James Highfield, Peter Wickman, Craig Heiptes - Wilson, Bryan Stephy Eau Claire

4/27/2015

  • Marinette Pulaski Roos NEWHSB Mitch Uitenbroek 5:30
  • Oshkosh FDL NEWHSB Mike Good 5:30
  • Appleton Valley Crusaders NEWHSB Brad Casetta 5:30
  • Little Chute WI Rapids NEWHSB Steve Marvin 5:30
  • Middleton Elkhorn BHSB Erik Goetz 5:30
  • Whitefish Bay LaFollette BHSB Trevor Williams 5:30
  • Muskego Marquette BHSB Jim Harrings 5:30
  • Grafton Nicolete BHSB Justin Jaeger 5:30

MIDWEST 7s SERIES LOCATIONS ANNOUNCED

For all the speedsters wishing 15s was over soon, Wisconsin will see two of this summer's Midwest Sevens Series sites within our state boundaries. The five-stop men's series will see action start at the Madtown 7s June 20, followed by Lakefront 7s in Milwaukee on June 27. The women will have a four-stop series starting at Lakefront 7s. More details here courtesy of Lakefront 7s.

UPDATED WRFU EVENTS

We've updated our events listing on the WRFU website. If you have an event that you'd like to share via the WRFU, please email Jessica at .

MATCHES TO WATCH

Now that matches are filling up the calendar, we'll be highlighting matches of note. If you know of an upcoming match of interest, please let us know!

MEN – Division 2 Wisconsin Rugby Club, no stranger to the Midwest and national playoff scene lately, begins their quest for another national title Saturday. The WRC will host Chicago's South Side Irish in a Midwest D2 seeding match. Kickoff is at 1 p.m. in Cottage Grove.

Last Week's Men's Matches to Watch – Congrats to the UW-La Crosse Men who swept both the top and Clydesdale divisions in the Milwaukee 7s. It was the first tournament of the Wisconsin Collegiate Men's 7s Series.

WOMEN – We'll be keeping an eye on a round-robin 15s tournament with our state's two Division 1 women's programs UW-Madison and UW-Milwaukee, hosted by the Panthers in Milwaukee. Perennially tough Division 2 UW-La Crosse fills out the trio for a day of some hard-hitting women's college matches.

Last Week's Women's Matches to Watch – The Elite Women's 7s tournament held at the Wisconsin Rugby Sports Complex saw Winona State take the title. UW-Oshkosh finished second, while organizing team UW-Stevens Point finished third. Here's a Goff article on UWSP spring efforts and the 7s tournament.

JOIN BARBARIANS ON TOUR TO 2015 WORLD CUP

The Milwaukee Barbarians are planning a 2015 World Cup tour to the UK, September 23 – October 4. Wisconsin ruggers are invited to join this tour. The 12-day tour includes transportation, lodging, and breakfast at hotels in country. Please contact John Paul Kloiber at 414-477-5114 or Dan Watters at 414-617-4163 for more information.

If your team is planning a tour or tournament trip, please let us know and we can help you promote your tour.

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Update from Wisconsin Boys U-19 Selects Coach Francis Brunette:

Fellow coaches,

The first tryout is next Sunday, April 19th for Team WI. I understand these boys wait until the last minute to register however we only have about 20 registered so far. I am asking that you all please get the information out to your boys.

In order for our clubs to grow and our players to develop they need to experience camps and tournaments that they will get during their select side committment. Please reinforce that many scouts and colleges are there and the level of play is very different and needed if they plan to advance after high school. We really need your support and committment to this program for it to continue. Any questions, please let me know.

Information and registration www.wisconsinrugbyselects.com. Also on FB and now a new team app that can be downloaded to your smart phone. Go to Team App in your App Store, create an acct, log in and search WI Rugby Selects.

Photo source: Suzannah Jackson (https://www.flickr.com/photos/suz-j/5422431151/)
The weather report both celebrated this week's sunny, warm weather and then mentioned the possibility of snow. #TypicalWisconsinSpring

But that won't stop all the dynamic rugby being played across the state. Here's what's happening in our rugby community this week ...

RECENT SCORES

Remember to check out the latest scores reported for matches played in Wisconsin here on the WRFU website.

REFEREE ASSIGNMENTS

Please visit the WRFU Referee Assignments to see these online. Here are this week's remaining assignments for the weekend.

4/17/2015

  • FDL Appleton NEWHSB Marcus Dufrane 5:30
  • Oshkosh Little Chute NEWHSB Mike Good 5:30
  • Marquette Elkhorn BHSB Trevor Williams, Jeff Kempen B-side 5:30
  • Nicolete Muskego BHSB Justin Jaeger 5:30
  • LaFollette Grafton BHSB Phil Winkler 5:30
  • Whitefish Bay Middleton BHSB Chawn White 5:30
  • Appleton FDL HSG Brad Casetta 5:30
  • Kettle Moraine Vernon HSG Tom Schmitt 5:30

4/18/2015

  • Milwaukee Barbarians Chicago Lions D1M 1:00
  • Balls out Brawl 15s UW-Platville women Xanthi Gerasimo, Terry Godfrey, Bill Scallon Platteville
  • Oshkosh Marquette D4M Steve Marvin 1:00
  • Oconomowoc Milwaukee Barbarians D3M Matt Bittner 1:00
  • UW-Madison U Of Minnesota D1CW Mitch Uitenbroek 10:00
  • Milwaukee Scylla Palmer D1W "Dan Channen 11:00 Gun Club
  • Milwaukee RFC Fox Cities D4M "Erik Goetz 1:00 Gun Club
  • Oak Creek Muskego HSG Ted Silbilsky 2:00
  • WWRFC Chicago Sirens D1W Marcus Dufrane 11:00 Cottage Grove
  • Madison Minotaurs Chicago Dragons D4M James Highfield 2:00 Cottage Grove
  • College 7s Milwaukee CM Trevor Williams, Jeff Kempen, Pete Wickman, Craig Heiptes Wilson Milwaukee
  • UWSP Great Danes CM John Blakeman 1:00
  • Pulaski Morton HSB (JV) Brad Casetta ARs: Alec Prochniak 10:00
  • Pulaski Morton HSB (Varisty) Brad Casetta ARs: Alec Prochniak 11:30

4/19/2015

  • Great Waters Elite 7s Phil Winkler, Emily Grambsch, Jake Winkler, Sabina Wilsey
  • Kettle Moraine Vernon HSG Greg Faber 1:00

4/20/2015

  • GB Leprechauns GB Mavericks NEWHSB Mitch Uitenbroek 5:30
  • DePere Marinette NEWHSB Steve Marvin 5:30
  • Waukesha Oregon/Stoughton BHSBD2 Tom Schmitt 5:30
  • Southern Lakes Madison Westside BHSBD2 Erik Goetz 5:30
  • Lake County Milwaukee Patroits BHSBD2 Jim Harrings 5:30
  • Kenosha PeppNation BHSBD2 Trevor Williams 5:30
  • St. Anthony's Sheboygan BHSBD2 Justin Jaeger 5:30

WISCONSIN U19 BOYS SELECTS UPDATE

Thanks to Wisconsin Boys U-19 Selects Coach Francis Brunette for this update:

Fellow coaches,
The first tryout is next Sunday, April 19th for Team WI. I understand these boys wait until the last minute to register however we only have about 20 registered so far. I am asking that you all please get the information out to your boys.

In order for our clubs to grow and our players to develop they need to experience camps and tournaments that they will get during their select side committment. Please reinforce that many scouts and colleges are there and the level of play is very different and needed if they plan to advance after high school. We really need your support and committment to this program for it to continue. Any questions, please let me know.

Information and registration http://www.wisconsinrugbyselects.com. Also on FB and now a new team app that can be downloaded to your smart phone. Go to Team App in your App Store, create an acct, log in and search WI Rugby Selects.

UPDATED WRFU EVENTS

We've updated our events listing on the WRFU website. If you have an event that you'd like to share via the WRFU, please email Jessica at .

MATCHES TO WATCH

Now that matches are filling up the calendar, we'll be highlighting matches of note. If you know of an upcoming match of interest, please let us know!

MEN – We're looking at some college spring 7s tournaments this week. Saturday, if you're in the Milwaukee area, go check out the first round of the Men's collegiate 7s series at Nagawaukee Park. Hosted by UW-Milwaukee, matches begin at 9 a.m. and end around 4 p.m.

Last Week's Men's Match to Watch – Penn State defeated Wisconsin, 33-8, to advance to the next round of D1A collegiate 15s nationals.

WOMEN – This Sunday, check out the Great Waters Elite 7s tournament at the Wisconsin Rugby Sports Complex in Cottage Grove, Wis., just east of Madison. You'll see both WRFU member collegiate sides and Great Waters conference D2 sides competing for a shot at qualifying to the next round of 7s playoffs nationally.

Last Week's Women's Match to Watch – Home team Wisconsin Women's RFC defeated the visiting Milwaukee Scylla, 52-24, in a Midwest D2 league match. Watch for these teams to hopefully meet again at the upcoming Midwest Championships in Chicago, May 9-10.


Photo Source: Suzannah Jackson (https://www.flickr.com/photos/suz-j/5422431151/)

 

Many teams are starting spring's final league matches in addition to all-star events. Competition is definitely heating up, even if today's weather seems to be holding onto the cold still. Here's what's happening in our rugby community this week ...

RECENT SCORES

Matches are starting back up in Wisconsin. A reminder that you can see scores from matches played here in our state online at the WRFU website.

REFEREE ASSIGNMENTS

Please visit the WRFU Referee Assignments to see these online.

4/11/2015

  • Milwaukee RFC Wisconsin D4M Trevor Williams Gun Club
  • WWRFC Milwaukee Scylla D1W Erik Goetz, Luis Lucas - shadow
  • Madison Minotaurs Michigan Tech D4M Erik Goetz, Sabina Wilsey, Emil Grambsch - shadow 1:00
  • Prom Ball UW-Oshkosh Women Alec Prochniak, Craig Heiptes-Wilson Oshkosh
  • Mudfest Terry Godfrey, Brad Casetta, Steve Marvin, Mitch Uitenbroek, Plattville 8:30
  • DePere WI Rapids NEWHSB (S) Matt Bittner 5:30
  • Muskego Appleton, Vernon HSG Jeff Kempen, Dan Channen 11:00 start
  • Green Bay Milwaukee Barbarians D3M Marcus Dufrane 1:00

4/12/2015

  • Catholic Memorial Brookfield HSG Justin Jaeger 1:30
  • Fond du Lac Oak Creek HSG Marcus Dufrane 2:00

4/13/2015

  • Appleton Kimberly NEWHSB Steve Marvin 5:30
  • Valley Crusaders Little Chute NEWHSB Mike Good 5:30
  • WI Rapids Oshkosh NEWHSB James Highfield, Angus Blakeman, John Blakeman 5:30
  • Middleton Grafton BHSB Greg Faber 5:30
  • Nicolete Whitefish Bay BHSB Trevor Williams 5:30

4/14/2015

  • Elkhorn Muskego BHSB Justin Jaeger 5:30
  • Marquette LaFollette BHSB Jim Harrings 5:30

UPDATED WRFU EVENTS

We've updated our events listing on the WRFU website. If you have an event that you'd like to share via the WRFU, please email Jessica at .

MATCHES TO WATCH

Now that matches are filling up the calendar, we'll be highlighting matches of note. If you know of an upcoming match of interest, please let us know!

MEN – The UW-Madison Men will host a D1A national qualifier against Penn State this Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Wisconsin Rugby Sports Complex outside of Madison. The Badgers won the Big Ten Conference and Penn State earned a wild card to play into this match. More info here on the D1A scene via Goff Rugby Report.

WOMEN – The state's only two senior women's team will clash Saturday for bragging rights and honors in the league standings. The Wisconsin Women welcomes the Milwaukee Scylla to the Wisconsin Rugby Sports Complex in Cottage Grove for an 11 a.m. Midwest Division 2 league match. The Scylla are currently undefeated in league play, while Wisconsin sits just below them in second place in the standings. Last fall saw these two teams play to a one-point difference with the Scylla edging Wisconsin, 23-22 in Milwaukee.

JOIN BARBARIANS ON TOUR TO 2015 WORLD CUP

The Milwaukee Barbarians are planning a 2015 World Cup tour to the UK, September 23 – October 4. Wisconsin ruggers are invited to join this tour. The 12-day tour includes transportation, lodging, and breakfast at hotels in country. Please contact John Paul Kloiber at 414-477-5114 or Dan Watters at 414-617-4163 for more information.

If your team is planning a tour or tournament trip, please let us know and we can help you promote your tour.

ALL-STAR UPDATE

Congratulations to Wisconsin's own Ben Landry on making the cut to the USA Eagles South American Tour Camp roster. Read more here ...

Also best wishes to all of our Collegiate Women's All-Stars from across the state who will be playing this weekend down in Iowa in the Midwest Under-24 Select-Side Tournament. Wisconsin is sending two sides with players representing both the WRFU and the Great Waters Conference.

SUBMIT YOUR COLLEGIATE ACADEMIC ALL-STARS

Applications are now being accepted for the USA Rugby National College Academic Honor Roll. Each year, USA Rugby recognizes outstanding student-athletes who demonstrate excellence in the classroom. Since 2011, more than 1,200 college rugby players have been publicly acknowledged for their accomplishments as scholars and athletes. Deadline is June 26.

  • To be nominated, a college rugby student-athlete must:
  • have a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or higher on a 4.00 scale at his/her current institution; and
  • be at least a sophomore (second academic year) in class standing; and
  • be a registered member of USA Rugby; and
  • have completed one full calendar year at his/her current institution; and
  • be an A-side player, starter, or reserve.

Read more ...